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    A Cypriot member of the European Parliament said that the European Union should make sure that the €3 billion it has allocated to Turkey to cope with the migrant crisis is spent exclusively on improving the living conditions of refugees.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The European Union should make sure that the 3 billion ($3.3 billion) it has allocated to Turkey to cope with the migrant crisis is spent exclusively on improving the living conditions of refugees, a Cypriot member of the European Parliament told Sputnik Wednesday.

    “We must be sure that the funding will go towards the building up of decent living conditions for the refugees, to the development of health centers and to establish the conditions for the education of children,” Takis Hadjigeorgiou from the Progressive Party of Working People said.

    On Monday, a EU-Turkey summit negotiated a preliminary deal on migrants under which Ankara pledged to stem the flow of Syrian refugees to the European Union, in exchange for $3.3 billion to cover the associated costs, as well as the speeding up of its EU accession bid.

    Hadjigeorgiou added that Turkey needed more resources to cope with the crisis, and “3bn is the easy way out for the EU” not to handle the situation on its own.

    A final agreement between the European Union and Turkey is expected to be reached by the next summit on March 17-18. Ankara also pledged to take back all illegal migrants that arrive to the European Union through its border and in their place send legal Syrian refugees to the bloc on one-for-one basis.


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